Sunday, April 16, 2017

Steve Bannon’s Dangerous Worldview Leeds Directly to An Authoritarian White Supremacist State



Until this past week it seemed as though Steve Bannon was in complete control of the Trump Presidency Playbook. So, what is that worldview and where did it come from? It has been variously named and/or based on the following; White Nationalism, White Supremacism, isolationism or fascism. Instead, it is based on one book, The Fourth Turning by Neil Howe and William Strauss. The authors have written a number of books based in their theory of history, Generational Theory, which describes history as a cyclical process, the cycles lasting approximately 80 years. The Fourth Turning in particular prescribes a seasonal approach to history, that is 1) spring, a period of growth, 2) summer, a time of fruition, 3) fall, decay, and 4) winter, death.  Bannon's view is an obsessive and myopic vision of a world collapsing into utter chaos, and he believes we are at the end of fall and entering winter, a time of extreme peril and possible collapse of the United States as a nation. In order to prevent that collapse he believes we must be isolated from influences not based on our nations historic origins as an Anglo European product, including religions, races and ethnicities other than European. Though Spain is part of Europe, most Latin peoples of the Central and Southern Americas are of mixed racial heritage, which unfortunately removes them from Bannon's Eurocentric worldview. With all that in mind, it is easily understood why the president’s first moves were to begin evicting illegal Latino people, and to ban people from seven, now reduced to six Muslim nations. By extrapolation, Bannon’s worldview must require the disenfranchisement of all those people who do not fit his notion of Western European origin; Native Americans, Latino Americans of mixed blood, African Americans, and Asian Americans. It is a paternalistic authoritarian approach to governance that would ultimately involve the subjugation of any all persons that do not conform to the perfect Western European ideal within our nation’s borders. Steve Bannon’s United States, if it is to survive his imagined winter catastrophe must become a sea of undifferentiated white in which all must behave according to the state’s wishes. Anyone unable to conform for whatever reason would be subject to expulsion, imprisonment and/or other correctional efforts. I leave all these to the reader’s imagination.

I ask one question. What kind of government are we headed toward if Steve Bannon remains in any position of power within the Trump Whitehouse?

Reading

Peters, Jeremy W., Brannon’s Beliefs Can Be Traced to a Book That Warns, “Winter is Coming,” The New York Times, Sunday, April 9, 2017, p.10.

*2 Howe, Neil and Strauss, William The Fourth Turning, Three Rivers Press, Reprint edition. January 16, 2009.

*3. Wikipedia, “Strause, Howe – Generational Theory,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strauss%E2%80%93Howe_generational_theory#cite_ref-36. Updated, April 9, 7:20 GMT, viewed 8”47 P.M., Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sddenly All America Goes Bonkers With Praise

Just because "He Whose Name Shall Not Be Mentioned" Bombed A Syrian Air Field – "he is suddenly acting like a president of the USA" say pundits, Republicans and many Democrats. NO, I say. It’s the same old impulsive, not planning ahead, tweeting, egotistical, misogynistic, narcissist we’ve been putting up with for almost 100 days now (well actually for years). It never ceases to amaze how the establishment gets so excited when the sabers come out. It's frightening because it is so predictable and at the same time short sighted and foolish.



Never the less, the same Trumpty-Dumpty problems still remain. First, we have a White House that appears to have colluded with a foreign nation to upset our own electoral process thus damaging the very mechanism of our democracy. Second,we have a Republican party willing to go along with anything this "thirsty" megalomaniac does because they have an unquenchable thirst for power. Third, we have a Justice Department under Jeff Sessions with “Black Lives Matter” in the cross hair of its legal guns, having attacked the Baltimore Police program constructed under President Obama’s Justice Department to train police to work more constructively with the varied populations they serve and protect. Fourth we now have a Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch who is guaranteed to side with super rich corporations and against minorities and the people on all matters. In addition we are now threatened with an escalating American involvement in a civil war that has raged for six years, killed half a million Syrians, and sent five million Syrians fleeing their country. That war threatens to engulf the region as we are involved fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria with Russia and Iran in opposition in Syria. Finally, we are confronted with an unstable maniac in North Korea who seems hell bent on developing missiles capable of destroying our West Coast along with half of the Pacific Rim. And who is in charge of the USA but, you guessed it, he whose name shall not be mentioned.

I maintain my position that this is TRUMPAGEDDON, and we are in grave danger!